Master and Commander

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Fiction - 459 pages
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This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultless rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle. It is the dawn of the nineteenth century; Britain is at war with Napoleon's France. When Jack Aubrey, a young lieutenant in Nelson's navy, is promoted to captain, he inherits command of HMS Sophie, an old, slow brig unlikely to make his fortune. But Captain Aubrey is a brave and gifted seaman, his thirst for adventure and victory immense. With the aid of his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and secret intelligence agent, Aubrey and his crew engage in one thrilling battle after another, their journey culminating in a stunning clash with a mighty Spanish frigate against whose guns and manpower the tiny Sophie is hopelessly outmatched.

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Review: Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin #1)

User Review  - Kent - Goodreads

I tried to read this book 8 years ago, but I gave up somewhere in the middle. It's widely regarded as some of the best, most fun historical fiction out there, so I decided to give it another try. As ... Read full review

Review: Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin #1)

User Review  - Wolfmanbob Bernstein - Goodreads

An interesting enough story renedered opaque by a nearly incomprehensible and intentionally obscure writing style. Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about with this author. 21 books in this series? I could barely tolerate the first. Read full review

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Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.

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